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The Community Guide to Microsoft Ignite 2021


The Community Guide to Microsoft Ignite 2021

Microsoft Ignite begins online on November 2nd at 8:15 am PT and features three days of keynotes, live segments, on-demand sessions, Table Topics, and more. Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform will be featured throughout the second day of the event, beginning at 8:15 am PT on November 3rd.

Discover the latest news for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform and learn how to take advantage of the latest innovations to build secure, future-ready applications productively.

On Day 1, join Microsoft Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella for the Microsoft Ignite Opening session, where he will talk about emerging technology trends and innovations across the Microsoft Cloud that are transforming every business and industry.

Also on Day 1, Alysa Taylor, CVP Industry, Apps and Data Marketing joins Charles Lamanna, CVP Business Applications and Platform, for Building a Hyperconnected Business. This session focuses on how organizations can harness data as a resource and turn its potential into power. Discover how to build a digital foundation with the Microsoft Cloud that will carry your organization into the future.

On Day 2, join Microsoft Ignite Into Focus: Business Applications at 8:15 am for an up-close look at what is next for Dynamics 365 and Power Platform. James Phillips, President, Microsoft Digital Transformation Platform, as well as top engineers and Microsoft leaders, will guide you through the new features and capabilities in 2021 release wave 2. This 90-minute session features a live Q&A with Arun Ulagaratchagan, Charles Lamanna, and Satish Thomas, hosted by Heather Newman. 

Starting today, visit the Microsoft Ignite Create Zone, where you can make personalized content designed to help you share who you are and your experience with #MSIgnite community!  Whether it’s a “Hello, World” video or your own selfie with a splash of Microsoft color, the Create Zone is a great place to let your community know you’re ready to connect and learn at Microsoft Ignite.

Join us for Table Topics throughout the day on Wednesday, November 3rd.

Visit the Microsoft Ignite home page to view the event agenda and additional details. We recommend you register for this free event to have the full attendee experience and be able to participate in Q&As.

The complete line up of the Digital Transformation Platform sessions is listed below for you to build a schedule that is unique to you and your interests. Use the Microsoft Ignite site to build a schedule, store sessions and information in your digital backpack, and stay up-to-date on the event.  Many sessions will be available on-demand at the links below. Navigate to the session page to see full details.


Core Sessions


Start, PT

Session name



9:30 AM

Build a Hyperconnected Business

Alysa Taylor,
Charles Lamanna


10:00 AM

Innovate Anywhere from Multicloud to Edge

Scott Guthrie


8:15 AM

Microsoft Ignite Into Focus: Business Applications

James Phillips, Arun Ulagaratchagan, Charles Lamanna, Ryan Cunningham, Ryan Darby Martin, Lorianne Lamkin, Heather Newman, Stephen Siciliano, Satish Thomas, Will Thompson, Lydia Williams, Tom Yang


12:30 PM

Accelerate Innovation with Low-Code Applications Using Power Platform

Julie Strauss


1.30 PM

The Future of Business is Seamless Collaboration: How Teams + Power Platform Engage Your Entire Work...

Ryan Cunningham,
Dave Jaworski


On Demand Sessions

Session name


Optimize How You Worth with RPA and Process Advisor in Power Automate

Mrigankka Fotedar, Christy Jefson,
Ashvini Sharma

Build Secure Solutions Fearlessly in Power Platform

Sean Fiene, Zohar Raz

Empower Your Organization to Build Apps Faster Fusion Teams

Per Mikkelsen

Take an In-Depth Tour of All the New Announcements for Power Apps at Ignite

Clay Wesener

New Ways to Add Intelligence to Your Business with AI Builder

Bill Barnes, Gwenael Bego, Dushyanth Chandramouli, Flaviu Vreme

Return to the Workplace Confidently with Low-Code Solutions Built Using Power Platform

Julia Mei, Vedang Singh, Bryony Wolf


We look forward to “seeing you” at Microsoft Ignite 2021!




Helpful resources


Copilot Cookbook Challenge | Week 3 Results | Win Tickets to the Power Platform Conference

We are excited to announce the "The Copilot Cookbook Community Challenge is a great way to showcase your creativity and connect with others. Plus, you could win tickets to the Power Platform Community Conference in Las Vegas in September 2024 as an amazing bonus.   Two ways to enter: 1. Copilot Studio Cookbook Gallery: 2. Power Apps Copilot Cookbook Gallery:   There will be 5 chances to qualify for the final drawing: Early Bird Entries: March 1 - June 2Week 1: June 3 - June 9Week 2: June 10 - June 16Week 3: June 17 - June 23Week 4: June 24 - June 30     At the end of each week, we will draw 5 random names from every user who has posted a qualifying Copilot Studio template, sample or demo in the Copilot Studio Cookbook or a qualifying Power Apps Copilot sample or demo in the Power Apps Copilot Cookbook. Users who are not drawn in a given week will be added to the pool for the next week. Users can qualify more than once, but no more than once per week. Four winners will be drawn at random from the total qualifying entrants. If a winner declines, we will draw again at random for the next winner.  A user will only be able to win once. If they are drawn multiple times, another user will be drawn at random. Prizes:  One Pass to the Power Platform Conference in Las Vegas, Sep. 18-20, 2024 ($1800 value, does not include travel, lodging, or any other expenses) Winners are also eligible to do a 10-minute presentation of their demo or solution in a community solutions showcase at the event. To qualify for the drawing, templates, samples or demos must be related to Copilot Studio or a Copilot feature of Power Apps, Power Automate, or Power Pages, and must demonstrate or solve a complete unique and useful business or technical problem. Power Automate and Power Pagers posts should be added to the Power Apps Cookbook. Final determination of qualifying entries is at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Weekly updates and the Final random winners will be posted in the News & Announcements section in the communities on July 29th, 2024. Did you submit entries early?  Early Bird Entries March 1 - June 2:  If you posted something in the "early bird" time frame complete this form: if you would like to be entered in the challenge.   Week 1 Results:  Congratulations to the Week 1 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge. Copilot Cookbook Gallery:Power Apps Cookbook Gallery:1.  @Mathieu_Paris 1.   @SpongYe 2.  n/a2.   @Deenuji 3.  n/a3.   @Nived_Nambiar  4.  n/a4.   @ManishSolanki 5.  n/a5.    n/a   Week 2 Results:  Congratulations to the Week 2 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge. Copilot Cookbook Gallery:Power Apps Cookbook Gallery:1. Kasun_Pathirana1. ManishSolanki2. cloudatica2. madlad3. n/a3. SpongYe4. n/a4. n/a5. n/a5. n/a     Week 3 Results:  Congratulations to the Week 3 qualifiers, you are being entered in the random drawing that will take place at the end of the challenge. Copilot Cookbook Gallery:Power Apps Cookbook Gallery:1. Parul_Yadav_Neo1. n/a2. SpongYe2. n/a3. n/a3. n/a4. n/a4. n/a5. n/a5. n/a

Updates to Transitions in the Power Platform Communities

We're embarking on a journey to enhance your experience by transitioning to a new community platform. Our team has been diligently working to create a fresh community site, leveraging the very Dynamics 365 and Power Platform tools our community advocates for.  We started this journey with transitioning Copilot Studio forums and blogs in June. The move marks the beginning of a new chapter, and we're eager for you to be a part of it. The rest of the Power Platform product sites will be moving over this summer.   Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to the launch. We can't wait to welcome you to our new community space, designed with you in mind. Let's connect, learn, and grow together.   Here's to new beginnings and endless possibilities!   If you have any questions, observations or concerns throughout this process please go to   To stay up to date on the latest details of this migration and other important Community updates subscribe to our News and Announcements forums: Copilot Studio, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Pages

Your Moment to Shine: 2024 PPCC’s Got Power Awards Show

For the third year, we invite you, our talented community members, to participate in the grand 2024 Power Platform Community Conference's Got Power Awards. This event is your opportunity to showcase solutions that make a significant business impact, highlight extensive use of Power Platform products, demonstrate good governance, or tell an inspirational story. Share your success stories, inspire your peers, and show off some hidden talents.  This is your time to shine and bring your creations into the spotlight!  Make your mark, inspire others and leave a lasting impression. Sign up today for a chance to showcase your solution and win the coveted 2024 PPCC’s Got Power Award. This year we have three categories for you to participate in: Technical Solution Demo, Storytelling, and Hidden Talent.      The Technical solution demo category showcases your applications, automated workflows, copilot agentic experiences, web pages, AI capabilities, dashboards, and/or more. We want to see your most impactful Power Platform solutions!  The Storytelling category is where you can share your inspiring story, and the Hidden Talent category is where your talents (such as singing, dancing, jump roping, etc.) can shine! Submission Details:  Fill out the submission form by the end of July with details and a 2–5-minute video showcasing your Solution impact. (Please let us know you're coming to PPCC, too!)After review by a panel of Microsoft judges, the top storytellers will be invited to present a virtual demo presentation to the judges during early August. You’ll be notified soon after if you have been selected as a finalist to share your story live at PPCC’s Got Power!  The live show will feature the solution demos and storytelling talents of the top contestants, winner announcements, and the opportunity to network with your community.  It's not just a showcase for technical talent and storytelling showmanship, show it's a golden opportunity to make connections and celebrate our Community together! Let's make this a memorable event! See you there!   Mark your calendars! Date and Time: Thursday, Sept 19th Location: PPCC24 at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV 

Update! June 13th, Community Ambassador Call for User Group Leaders and Super Users

Calling all Super Users & User Group Leaders   UPDATE:  We just wrapped up June's Community Ambassador monthly calls for Super Users and User Group Leaders. We had a fantastic call with lots of engagement. We are excited to share some highlights with you!    Big THANK YOU to our special guest Thomas Verhasselt, from the Copilot Studio Product Team for sharing how to use Power Platform Templates to achieve next generation growth.     A few key takeaways: Copilot Studio Cookbook Challenge:  Week 1 results are posted, Keep up the great work!Summer of Solutions:  Starting on Monday, June 17th. Just by providing solutions in the community, you can be entered to win tickets to Power Platform Community Conference.Super User Season 2: Coming SoonAll communities moving to the new platform end of July We also honored two different community members during the call, Mohamed Amine Mahmoudi and Markus Franz! We are thankful for both leaders' contributions and engagement with their respective communities. 🎉   Be sure to mark your calendars and register for the meeting on July 11th and stay up to date on all of the changes that are coming. Check out the Super User Forum boards for details.   We're excited to connect with you and continue building a stronger community together.   See you at the call!

Update: Copilot Studio Community | Forums & Blogs have MOVED

We’re thrilled to announce significant enhancements to our Community Blogs and Forums, designed to foster collaboration, creativity, and connection in the Community. 🚀💡   Please access the Copilot Community Blogs & Copilot Community Forum  Boards and save the new deep links.       Note: As we continue our journey towards a fully updated platform, we want to keep you informed of the current known issues you may encounter on the Community site: Deep Link Discrepancies:​​​​​​​ You may find that previously saved deep links are not functioning as expected. They are currently redirecting to the "Read Only" Forums & Blog boards.  We understand the inconvenience this may cause and we are working to resolve the issue.  In the meantime, you can access the updated: Copilot Community Blogs & Copilot Community Forum Boards and save the new deep links. ​​​​​​​Profile and Contribution visibility: Your profile, contributions, badges and other related elements may appear incomplete or not fully updated.  Rest assured; this is a temporary state due to the ongoing transition.  We are making every effort to ensure a complete and accurate migration of all of your valuable contributions.     What’s New? 🌟 Revamped Community Blogs: Dive into a more intuitive and enriched blogging experience, where sharing knowledge and insights is easier and more enjoyable than ever. Enhanced Forums: Engage in discussions, ask questions, and connect with peers through our improved forums, now with better navigation and user-friendly features.  Why Check It Out? ✔ Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest trends, tips, and tricks from Copilot experts and fellow community members.Expand Your Network: Connect with like-minded professionals and build lasting relationships within the community.Share Your Voice: Contribute your own stories, solutions, and successes to inspire and educate others.   Stay tuned for more details as we approach the launch date. We can’t wait for you to join us in this new chapter of the Copilot Studio Community. Together, let’s make it a hub of innovation and inspiration!   

Win free tickets to the Power Platform Conference | Summer of Solutions

We are excited to announce the Summer of Solutions Challenge!    This challenge is kicking off on Monday, June 17th and will run for (4) weeks.  The challenge is open to all Power Platform (Power Apps, Power Automate, Copilot Studio & Power Pages) community members. We invite you to participate in a quest to provide solutions to as many questions as you can. Answers can be provided in all the communities.    Entry Period: This Challenge will consist of four weekly Entry Periods as follows (each an “Entry Period”)   - 12:00 a.m. PT on June 17, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on June 23, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on June 24, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on June 30, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on July 1, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on July 7, 2024 - 12:00 a.m. PT on July 8, 2024 – 11:59 p.m. PT on July 14, 2024   Entries will be eligible for the Entry Period in which they are received and will not carryover to subsequent weekly entry periods.  You must enter into each weekly Entry Period separately.   How to Enter: We invite you to participate in a quest to provide "Accepted Solutions" to as many questions as you can. Answers can be provided in all the communities. Users must provide a solution which can be an “Accepted Solution” in the Forums in all of the communities and there are no limits to the number of “Accepted Solutions” that a member can provide for entries in this challenge, but each entry must be substantially unique and different.    Winner Selection and Prizes: At the end of each week, we will list the top ten (10) Community users which will consist of: 5 Community Members & 5 Super Users and they will advance to the final drawing. We will post each week in the News & Announcements the top 10 Solution providers.  At the end of the challenge, we will add all of the top 10 weekly names and enter them into a random drawing.  Then we will randomly select ten (10) winners (5 Community Members & 5 Super Users) from among all eligible entrants received across all weekly Entry Periods to receive the prize listed below. If a winner declines, we will draw again at random for the next winner.  A user will only be able to win once overall. If they are drawn multiple times, another user will be drawn at random.  Individuals will be contacted before the announcement with the opportunity to claim or deny the prize.  Once all of the winners have been notified, we will post in the News & Announcements of each community with the list of winners.   Each winner will receive one (1) Pass to the Power Platform Conference in Las Vegas, Sep. 18-20, 2024 ($1800 value). NOTE: Prize is for conference attendance only and any other costs such as airfare, lodging, transportation, and food are the sole responsibility of the winner. Tickets are not transferable to any other party or to next year’s event.   ** PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED RULES for this CHALLENGE**

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